A new way of providing hospital-grade eye care to patients in the community is being pioneered from Grimsby.
Newmedica, part of the Specsavers group, has opened an eye health clinic and surgical centre in Cromwell Road Primary Health Centre and is working with local opticians and GPs to offer services to NHS and private patients.
The NHS contract was established with North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in April this year to offer greater choice to patients.
It covers outpatient consultations and diagnostic scans, cataract surgery, YAG laser capsulotomy, oculoplastics, treatment for glaucoma, peripheral iridotomy and medical retina (excluding AMD) services.
(sub-head) Cataract surgery from £1,495 per eye
The private service, which launches this month, is in addition to the NHS service and offers cataract surgery from £1,495 per eye. A wider choice of cataract treatments is on offer, including special multifocal replacement lenses to reduce dependency on glasses and toric lenses to correct astigmatism, which are available at an additional cost. Appointments are available within seven days of request and surgery within 21 days after that.
In another first for eyecare, the Newmedica service in North East Lincolnshire is led by two joint venture partners – a set-up similar to the Specsavers joint venture partnership in which stores are owned and led by local optician and retail partners, who are completely focused on providing excellent patient care and customer service.
For the Grimsby service, the joint venture partners are consultant ophthalmologist Tim Manners and operational director David Pullen. Tim Manners is a clinical director with Newmedica and former consultant ophthalmologist at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and David Pullen is an experienced healthcare manager.
Tim Manners says, ‘We are delighted to offer patients in Lincolnshire a high quality and accessible NHS service, complemented by an exceptionally good value private offer for cataract surgery.’